Stephanie DeLuca, Ph.D.
Director, VTCRI Neuromotor Research Clinic
Assistant Professor, School of Neuroscience, College of Science, Virginia Tech
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
Stephanie DeLuca, PhD, is a developmental psychologist who works to advance both adult and pediatric innovative neurorehabilitation treatment techniques. Rehabilitation science is an expanding field, and DeLuca’s research interests include the relative efficacy of differing therapies that have been scientifically evaluated and validated, the effects of therapeutic dosages on patient outcomes, the combination of rehabilitation with various medical treatments, and the documentation of therapy-induced neuroplasticity in response to therapeutic efforts, especially in children.
DeLuca develops new rehabilitation treatments and tests them through randomized clinical trials. In collaboration with Sharon Ramey, she developed a pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy protocol that initially proved to be efficacious in a crossover randomized clinical trial and later in a three-site randomized clinical trial. She has since served as lead author on a manual for ACQUIREc therapy, a systematic approach to pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy. Since joining the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, DeLuca codirects the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute Neuromotor Research Clinic, which is dedicated to delivering on the promise of evidence-based neurorehabilitation. She carries out National Institutes of Health–funded research for developing, expanding, and validating enhanced and effective neurorehabilitation protocols for treating such conditions as cerebral palsy.
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Education and Training
- University of Alabama Birmingham: PhD, Developmental Psychology
- University of Alabama at Birmingham
Director, Pediatric Neuromotor Research Clinic, Civitan International Research Center
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Related Professions
Associate Scientist, University of Alabama at Birmingham's Center for Exercise Medicine
Awards and Honors
- Outstanding Graduate Student, Developmental Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 2002
- Coker-Bolt P, DeLuca SC, Ramey SL. (2015). Training pediatric therapists to deliver constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) in Sub-Saharan Africa. Occupational Therapy International.
- DeLuca SC, Ramey SL, Trucks MR, Wallace DA. (2015). Multiple epochs of Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) for children with cerebral palsy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 69(6).
- Ramey SL, Coker-Bolt P, DeLuca SC. (2013). A Handbook of Pediatric Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (P-CIMT): Principles of Precision Practice. In: The American Occupational Therapy Association. Bethesda, MD:
- Ramey SL, DeLuca SC, Case-Smith J, Stevenson R. (2012). Caution is warranted in interpreting data from a recent trial of modified constraint-induced therapy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology 54(5), 477-79.
- DeLuca SC, Case-Smith J, Stevenson R, Ramey SL. (2012). Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) for young children with cerebral palsy: Effects of therapeutic dosage. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine 5, 133-42.
- Case-Smith J, DeLuca SC, Stevenson R, Ramey SL. (2012). Multicenter randomized controlled trial of pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy: 6-month follow-up. American Journal of Occupational Therapy 66(1), 15-23.
- DeLuca, S.C., Echols, K., Law, C.R., & Ramey, S.L. (2006). Intensive pediatric constraint-induced therapy for children with cerebral palsy: A randomized controlled crossover trial. Journal of Child Neurology 21, 931-938.
- DeLuca SC, Echols K, Ramey SL, Taub E. (2003). Pediatric constraint-induced movement therapy for a young child: Two episodes of care. Journal of the American Physical Therapy Association 83(11), 1003-13.
- Ramey SL, DeLuca SC, Echols K. (2003). Resilience for Today. In: E Grotberg, (Ed.), Resilience In Families With Children Who Are Exceptional. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group.
- Taub E, Crago JE, Burgio LD, Groomes TE, Cook EW, DeLuca SC, Miller NE. (1994). An operant approach to rehabilitation medicine: Overcoming learned nonuse by shaping. Journal of Experimental Analysis of Behavior 61, 281-93.